WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELPS BURLESON COUNTY WITH COMMUNICATIONS

The Washington County Commissioners made an interlocal agreement with Burleson County today (Tuesday) that will allow some emergency and law enforcement agencies access to the Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System in the event of an emergency.

County Judge John Brieden said that Burleson County opted not to join BVWACS when the system that connects numerous area law enforcement and emergency agencies with digital emergency communications, and that has meant problems in communications in the event of an emergency.

The agreement made at today’s(Tuesday’s) meeting of the County Commissioners would put digital radios programmed for BVWACS in the hands of some of the emergency and law enforcement agencies, along with Burleson County dispatch.

The overall program is expensive but Precinct Three County Commissioner Kirk Hanath says the additional cost of this agreement, including the acquisition of about five radios, will be picked up by Burleson County.

Judge Brieden said at the meeting that there are so many incidents that require emergency communications at the Washington County/Burleson County border, that this agreement is necessary.

The County Commissioners also awarded a contract to Thielemann Construction to replace the roof on Livestock Barn #2 at the Washington County Fairgrounds.  Fairgrounds Manager Jeff Hinds told the commissioners the best bid from Thielemann was for $142,300.